[UPDATE] Prison Employees Placed on Leave After Inmate Brawl

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

UPDATE by Candace Sweat

A third arrest has been made in connection to a prison brawl in Jefferson County.

Jefferson Correctional Officer Captain David Pate turned himself in today 12-16 and faces felony charges against a detainee after allegedly enticing an inmate to assault another prisoner to get favorable treatment.

Correctional Officer Sgt. Robert Hall and Officer Waymond Pugh were arrested Wednesday for the same charges.

The investigation in November after an anonymous call into a"Tips" Line. FDLE says all three men are in the process of being terminated.

Gretl Plessinger, Department of Correction, says, "To have one inmate beat up another inmate as retribution for starting a fight is unlawful. So these officers have been arrested and they now face felony charges."

Four more employees are on leave for their alleged involvement in the incident. A spokesperson from the DOC says more arrests could be made soon.

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UPDATE 12-16-2010
DC Inspector General’s Office: Three Correctional Officers Arrested

Jefferson County, FL - Jefferson Correctional Officer Captain David Pate, Jefferson Correctional Officer Sgt. Robert Hall and Jefferson Correctional Officer Waymond Pugh were arrested Wednesday, on felony charges of official misconduct and battery upon a detainee after allegedly enticing an inmate to assault another prisoner for favorable treatment by these correctional officers at Jefferson Correctional Institution.

The Department of Corrections Inspector Generals Office arrested Hall and Pugh. Pate turned himself in on a Department of Corrections warrant.

The Department’s Inspector General’s Office began the investigation in November after receiving an anonymous call into the IG “Tips” Line. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement assisted in the investigation.

“I’m pleased that the “Tips” line we have in place brought this incident to light, and I encourage others to use this anonymous reporting mechanism to relate criminal or fraudulent activity to prison authorities,” said the Department of Corrections’ Inspector General Gene Hatcher.

The “TIPS” line can be accessed from inmate phones within all Department facilities by dialing *8477 (TIPS), or by those outside prison walls by dialing toll-free 1-866-246-4412. Calls are monitored daily by the Department's Office of the Inspector General.

Pate, Hall and Pugh are being immediately terminated and we are working with The Office of the State Attorney to ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

This incident remains under investigation by the Florida Department of Corrections, Office of Inspector General.

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UPDATE 12-15-2010

DC Inspector General’s Office Arrests Two Correctional Officers

Jefferson County, FL - Jefferson Correctional Officer Sgt. Robert Hall and Officer Waymond Pugh were arrested today (12/15/10) on felony charges of official misconduct and battery upon a detainee after allegedly enticing an inmate to assault another prisoner for favorable treatment by these correctional officers at Jefferson Correctional Institution.

The Department’s Inspector General’s Office began the investigation in November after receiving an anonymous call into the IG “Tips” Line. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement assisted in the investigation.

“I’m pleased that the “Tips” line we have in place brought this incident to light, and I encourage others to use this anonymous reporting mechanism to relate criminal or fraudulent activity to prison authorities,” said the Department of Corrections’ Inspector General Gene Hatcher.

The “TIPS” line can be accessed from inmate phones within all Department facilities by dialing *8477 (TIPS), or by those outside prison walls by dialing toll-free 1-866-246-4412. Calls are monitored daily by the Department's Office of the Inspector General.

Hall and Pugh are being immediately terminated and we are working with The Office of the State Attorney to ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

This incident remains under investigation by the Florida Department of Corrections, Office of Inspector General.

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A spokesperson from the Department of Corrections says they are investigating a fight that took place between two inmates at the

Jefferson County Correctional Facility last week.

D.O.C is not releasing a lot of information, but says there is no evidence to suggest the fight was organized.

However, seven employees at the facility have been placed on leave due to allegations that they did not follow proper procedure during the fight.

FDLE is also looking into the incident as well, and we hope to know more later this week.


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  • by Strait Up! Location: Now on Jan 7, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    Today's society is so Ignorant and LOST! U mean to say these officers are treated like this because they are aggressive with adult inmates!! Come on, pleas let's get our minds right world! All the officers in the Martin Lee Anderson Beating were ALL ACQUITTED of any wrong doing!! HE WAS 15yrs old (A CHILD who had his life taken away from him and his loved ones). That's a crime!! These officers haven't done anything wrong so LEAVE THEM ALONE! @ frmr inmate---Get a job and live a productive life and stay out of prison and you won't have to know how often something like this haPpens!!
  • by frmr inmate Location: atlanta on Dec 30, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    I am glad light's being shed on this situation. It happens more often than you'd think. Hooray!!!!!! Yippee!!!!!
  • by correctional officer Location: florida on Dec 20, 2010 at 10:02 PM
    people wake up i wonder how many of you would invite a murderer/rapist/child rapist or even a con artist into your home. we cos live for eight hours with the scum that society has locked up. for eight hours a day two or three officers supervise 280 of some of the most dangerous men in florida and not just men officers women officers are also locked in with these inmates. so where is the compassion for them. yes there are some bad officers but the majority are decent people who are there just to do their job. i get so tired of poeple who have never been on the inside of a prison giving the input on something they know nothing about. some of you could never be a co because you never w0uld make it. people who think that all inmates do is work have been misinformed. inmates usually work once a month. if they work in the kitchen they work it like a regular job w/2 off days. office: they wear dry cleaned clothes and work like a messenger. the rest of them go to rec from 830 to 1130& 1 to 330
  • by really Location: correctional officer on Dec 20, 2010 at 09:42 PM
    so many people complain about co's but few can do the job. we go to work everyday in an unpredictable enviroment( although by choice) and never recive the applause we deserve. the posts about how inmates are treated unfairly are unfound and not justified. inmates at the prison i work at rarely work or even sign up for the various classes made avaliable to them. all they do is complain about things that are out of the officers hand and instead of bettering themselves they sit in their cells and think of ways to corrupt the system. we are not babysitters we are not there to correct the problems that their mothers shouldve corrected. people complain because they dont know the truth. most are inmate relatives who sit on the phone and listen to their BS if you people were so concerned about how your son/daughter is being treated you shouldve helped them stay out of prison prisoners dont pay for nothing and recieve $4 dollar medical visits and dont pay for medication/food/shelter so shut up
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2010 at 06:02 AM
    @ Anonymous in Floria. Are you actually hearing yourself? These are prisoners if they were defenseless and helpless they wouldn't be in prison in the first place! I'm sure they made someone else helpless and defenseless during their crime spree! It probably was a lil innocent child! Or maybe you know for a fact the officers abuse their power because You are an officer who does the same! Be careful what u wish on someone else it may just come back to BITE YOU in yours! @@@ Tim---U must be NEED a job really badly?
  • by Pam Location: Tallahassee on Dec 19, 2010 at 05:28 AM
    @ Tina Fagan. Thank You!! I guess of the other 55 comments you and Jerry Barnes could only spell "Pam" off the record! Hahahahaha. You have exactly what you should have in your home it just goes to shoe what kind of parent you was and are! My daughter is in the military and another studying to be a doctor!! So WHO'S THE IDIOT IDIOT!!
  • by AL Location: Tool time on Dec 18, 2010 at 09:35 PM
    Fire the lazy bumbs and hire sweet Timmy the tool man, he's got something for those big bad inmates.
  • by DOC Phil Location: Inyourhead on Dec 18, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    TO Ms. Opinionated; What is your boys DC number? Is he the one that does favors to other inmates for canteen? I think I know her!
  • by anonymous Location: Floria on Dec 18, 2010 at 08:09 PM
    The issues is not about salary or education level, the issue is about human dignity. Is about the facts, simple. Inmates are in prison to pay for their wrong doings. That's their punishment. Officers are supposed to keep the law and abide themselves by the law. I know for a fact that some of them abuse their power and authority. They are no better no lesser than inmates. They are there to do their jobs professionally. The Bible is True, all you do in the dark will come out to the light. Truth will always prevail. The good Lord is a God of Justice and will expose those that abuse the in-defensive & helpless.
  • by tim Location: jefferson on Dec 18, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    fire the lazy bumbs.
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